Thriving Children Podcast

Helping parents and teachers put the magic back in child development

The Thriving Children Podcast is a show that helps parents and teachers to put the magic back in child development. Host Clare Crew draws upon her experience as an educator and neuro-developmental consultant, to share the core strategies for helping children reach their full potential. Covering all areas of development, learning, special education and parenting, this podcast informs as well as inspires, creating positive change in young lives.

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast Clare dives into the topic of play therapy, with  guest Renae Plueckhahn. 


So what is play therapy?  Which children benefit? And how can we play in a more beneficial way with the children in our life?


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In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare talks about one of her favourite topics, tummy time. We've all heard it's important but why? And will a baby be worse off without it? Listen in to hear about three key developmental stages that are dependent upon this position. 


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In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Deanne Atkinson about how to be an empowered and connected parent. Deanne is a Parenting Coach and Spiritual Counsellor, who is passionate about nurturing children’s feelings and emotions.


Listen in to hear:

  • How to support the wellbeing of your child by acknowledging their feelings

  • The importance of choice for our little ones

  • The emotions beneath common behavioural challenges

  • How to approach hairy situations differently

  • The link between our own childhood experiences how we parent in the present


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Focus is something we want our children to have, or to develop. Yet that’s not going to happen if we’re always interrupting children’s state of flow. ​

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare dives into what focus and flow are, why they're important in children's development, and how the two overlap. She also shares 9 tips for nurturing focus and flow, relevant for home or a learning space. 


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In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare chats with Gerda Foster about play deprivation. Gerda is a Criminologist, who works in a maximum security jail.  This is a conversation about many things but ultimately, our pressing need as human beings to both play and connect.


Listen in to hear:

  • The connection between prison inmates and missed play experiences during childhood

  • The role of play in rehabilitation

  • Why bullies need our compassion

  • The importance of self directed play and boredom

  • Why laughter is the best medicine



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